Day Case Theatres

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Key Info


Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Chorley Hospital



Completion Date

November 2021

What We Did

As a response to immense pressures on elective surgical procedures due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Trust chose to recreate 3 operating theatres which had been lost to a Covid response at the wider hospital sites.

This urgent scheme utilised a former ICU ward and linked the existing 6 theatres with the 3 new theatres; creating one cohesive department.

The scheme included the theatres and associated ancillary spaces, a 9 bed recovery area and increased staff rest facilities on the first floor of the existing hospital. The second floor plantroom was developed to include mechanical and electrical plant. This installation required the creation of 5 dormers to provide intake/extract air and service routes from the external chiller at ground floor.

GDA responded to the rapid design programme by providing a comprehensive array of options reviewed over a number of user engagement sessions to ensure this scheme, whilst being delivered swiftly, did not lack the quality it deserved.  GDA also worked on an alternative approach to improve the efficiency and use of the Anaesthetic/Procedure Room, which resulted in increased procedures through the department.